Foundation Fellows visit the McLeod Cancer Center
The McLeod Fellows gained insight into the medical and technological advancements within the McLeod Center for Cancer Treatment and Research on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Speakers included Pulmonologist Dr. Vinod Jona and Radiation Oncologist Dr. Virginia Clyburn-Ipock.
The McLeod Foundation annually offers the McLeod Fellows Program in an effort to engage and recruit community leaders to become advocates for McLeod Health. During eight monthly sessions, the fellows receive a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at medicine and the complex issues driving healthcare today.
The 14th McLeod Fellows Class is currently participating in the program. This innovative program was introduced to the region in 2006, and is composed of 17 professionals who have actively demonstrated leadership abilities in the community.
During their visit to the McLeod Cancer Center, the Fellows received information and presentations from Judy Bibbo, vice president of Cancer Services; Robin Aiken, chair of the HOPE Fund Advisory Committee; Lisa McDonald, director of Cancer Coordination and Pam Worthy, assistant director of Nursing for Infusion Services.
Jona spoke to the group about the McLeod Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program. He addressed the need for individuals who meet the criteria to undergo low-dose CT screening for lung cancer to improve early detection. Jona also explained the technology and procedures he utilizes at McLeod to perform lung biopsies to confirm a cancer diagnosis.
McLeod Fellows gain insight into medical and technological advances through access to areas of McLeod Regional Medical Center not commonly available to the public. In addition, they have the opportunity to network with members of the medical community from a wide variety of specialties and hear presentations from a number of experts on healthcare.
The goal of the McLeod Fellows Program is to nurture an understanding of medical care and treatments available, and to make its participants well-educated partners in seeking answers to the challenges and opportunities facing healthcare. To help provide these answers, the McLeod Fellows are able to speak with McLeod administrators and ask questions of the staff responsible for providing medical excellence for the Pee Dee.
The curriculum explores the complex issues driving healthcare today, and provides these community leaders with a chance to understand its impact on the community. Participants obtain a working knowledge of the healthcare needs in the region and view firsthand how McLeod Health is meeting those needs.